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Frequently Asked Questions

1How long does it take to get Planning Permission?
Household and minor planning applications are normally decided within 8 weeks. Large or controversial developments are normally decided within 13 weeks. If an application is subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, it is normally decided within 16 weeks.
2How can I can obtain Planning Permission?
Preparing a successful planning application requires the technical expertise, design skills, presentation skills, negotiation skills and interpretation of national and local planning policies. It is a complex procedure and not knowing it will result in you being at a disadvantage.
3How Planning Officers assess planning applications?
Applications are assessed in two parts, externally and internally. Both parts take up to 4 weeks each, beginning with the external discussion. The external discussion allows your application to be seen by individuals or companies, such as your neighbours and utility companies. The second part, is where your application is viewed internally by a planning officer.
4How long does Planning Permission last for?
Unless otherwise stated by the local planning authority on your planning permission notice, you have 3 years from the date of planning permission being granted to commence your development.
5Can I extend, alter or convert my Listed Building?
Listing is not a preservation order. Listed buildings can be extended, altered, converted and sometimes even demolished within government planning guidance. The local authority uses Listed Building Consents to make decisions that balance the site’s historic significance against other issues, such as its function, condition or viability.
6What is the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?
Planning permission covers the principles of development assessing whether the development will accord with local and national policies and whether it would cause unacceptable harm, for example, to neighbours’ amenities, whereas the Building Regulations cover the structural aspects of development and progress throughout the construction.

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